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Breakfast with presidents, generals highlights festival
by Jebb Johnston
Aug 17, 2013 | 266 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
IUKA — The 151st Battle of Iuka anniversary brings a chance to meet the generals and presidents who shaped the times.

Two events will feature portrayals of prominent figures from the war, giving the public a chance to learn more about them while supporting the Old Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum. It is part of a Labor Day weekend that will be filled with reenactment and Heritage Festival events.

On Saturday, Aug. 31, breakfast with Presidents Lincoln and Davis, Generals Grant and Little, and Colonel John M. Stone will take place at Iuka United Methodist Church from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

On the same day, Presidents Lincoln and Davis will conduct an educational seminar on the Battle of Iuka in the courtroom of the old courthouse from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. The talk will cover issues that affected Iuka during the war and will include an opportunity for people to ask questions.

Both events have a limited number of tickets available for sale in support of the museum and can be purchased at the museum or Tishomingo County Tourism Office.

Museum Director Cindy Nelson encourages the public to spend some time at the museum during the busy weekend. The museum is extending its hours for that weekend to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Heritage Festival kicks off the weekend with the annual community church service on Friday evening. The gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Mineral Springs Park with singers such as Chuck Clark, Unity 4 and Pam Garner.

Saturday activities include the Cherokee Tribe of Mississippi at 10 a.m. followed by entertainment beginning at 1 p.m. with singers such as Eden 4, John Blackwell and the New Outlaws.

The park will fill with arts and crafts vendors — about 125 are expected — and the popular Rizpah Railroad Train will return to shuttle people between festival sites.

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